There are various types of flea treatments from a flea shampoo to a spot-on treatment such as a cheap Frontline Plus. The flea cycle can be somewhat overwhelming and extremely difficult to break. A guide to flea treatments should also include information about their life cycle.
Fleas, like ticks, feed on blood and they can go without feeding for up to 100 days. A female flea can lay around 2,000 eggs in her life and needs to feed on blood in order to lay eggs. The eggs eventually turn into pupae, which in a matter of seconds can jump several feet high to land on a warm-blooded mammal as it passes.
Flea powders can be effective at killing adult fleas as long as it is applied evenly, all over the animal. Unfortunately, they do not kill the eggs, lava and a pupa, which means itcan be infected again. This is a major drawback of powders.
A flea shampoo can kill the adult flea, eggs and larva, so this makes it more effective than a powder. The shampoo needs to be applied in a way to avoid the fleas fleeing to an area of the dog where they can avoid the treatment. The home and yard would also need to be treated for fleas to avoid the pet being re-infested.
Topical drops are by far the most effective and long lasting flea treatments. A cheap Frontline Plus can kill the flea in all its life cycles from an egg to an adult for one month. These drops are applied to the skin of the animal between the shoulders, from there it goes into the oil glands, and then it is spread over the whole body through trans-location. The animal should be kept dry for 48 hours before and after the application.
The most effective and easily applied treatment would by far be Frontline Plus. Consulting a vet before giving an animal any kind of flea treatment is recommended. The treatment should be tailored to the pet’s size and species and a vet can help choose the correct dose and application.